Provident's hiring (who else?)
I've extolled Mike Jagger's virtues in this space before, so it shouldn't be a surprise that he's growing his company in down times. Anyone who wants to join his team at Provident Security, check this out. Jagger's always been right on the tip of web 2.0 (he's lamenting the fact that more security types haven't embraced Twitter), and here he is again, using something called Squidoo to advertise his sales openings. It's a nice presentation, full of YouTube clips and plenty of information about the company. And this is the way I think hiring has to start happening. The old days of sitting in a room and answering questions about a challenge you overcame and how you deal with too much work should be over. With all of the tools available to us now, we need to be seeking each other out - job seekers and employers - like people using dating sites. Job sites should be much more like match.com or eHarmony.com and much less like Monster and all the other crap that's out there. It shouldn't be top-down anymore (just like guys don't pay a dowery for their wives anymore). The best talent has value and is seeking a place to be inspired. The most inspirational places are looking for people who want more than a check. How do they find each other? That's what I keep thinking about when I hear all of these calls for job creation. I just don't think it's going to work like that anymore - these factories where people line up to punch the clock and make jokes about the boss and "management." That doesn't seem like the future. And maybe CEOs will be too ashamed to accept $20 million bonuses. Okay, I'm getting crazy now. I'll stop.